COP 21 Thematic Day on Education: mini-events at the UNESCO Exhibition Space

When, local time: 
Friday, 4 December 2015 -
10:00am to 6:30pm
Where: 
France, Paris-Le Bourget
Type of Event: 
Category 8-Symposium
Contact: 
j.heiss@unesco.org

On the occasion of the thematic day on Education at COP21 (4 December 2015), UNESCO is hosting a series of events in its Exhibition Space in the Climate Generation Area, Le Bourget.

These events will bring together education and climate change experts as well as COP participants and aims to share information, provide examples of good practice, and present evidence that education is crucial to address climate change issues.
UNESCO’s work on Climate Change Education within the framework of its Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programme aims to make education a more central and visible part of the international response to climate change. It seeks to support countries to mainstream climate change into their education systems and to help people understand the causes and impact of global warming today.

Climate change remains a critical thematic focus across all five Priority Action Areas of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, the official follow up to the UN Decade of ESD. UNESCO launched the GAP at the World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, in 2014. The priority action areas are as follows: Advancing policy; Transforming learning and training environments; Building capacities of educators and trainers; Empowering and mobilizing youth; and Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level

UNESCO and its International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) support sustainable development through skills and policy development for addressing climate change challenges. Through the Inter-agency Group on greening TVET and skills, UNESCO promotes inter-agency collaboration and knowledge sharing on transforming and greening TVET programmes to combat climate change and supporting transition to sustainable economies and societies.

The events are structured across the five priority action of the GAP and will be held in English.
11:15 – 12:00 -- Sustainability begins with teachers
12:15 – 13:00 -- ESD and Higher Education for Climate Action
13:15 – 14:00 -- Promoting ESD through youth leaders
14:15 – 15:00 -- Community-led Education Accelerating Low-Carbon Solutions at Local Level
15:30 – 16:30 -- Panel discussion between UNESCO Director-General Ms Irina Bokova and partner organization Phoenix TV
16:45 – 17:30 -- TVET and skills development for mitigating Climate Change
17:45 – 18:30 -- Activities of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Greening TVET and Skills